"Income Inequality Remains High." Eight Questions to Markus Grabka

Interview of June 19, 2015

Dr. Grabka, you have analyzed income inequality in Germany. Does your research show that the gap between rich and poor has widened even further?

If we look at the development of income inequality since 2000, it is clear that the gap between the richer and the poorer income groups has widened further. During this period, real income gains of more than 15 percent were recorded among the top ten percent of earners, while real income in the broad middle class stagnated and the bottom 40 percent even suffered income losses in real terms.

The full interview with Markus Grabka is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 25/2015. It is available for free download as pdf document (PDF, 97.83 KB).

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